A Bela e a Fera
Copper-plated cast bronze, forged iron, cast steel, and magnet
A Bela e a Fera (2001) was conceived for an exhibition at the gardens of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, in Venice (Italy), where the work was tied to chains and attached to trees, so as to elevate the sculpture as they would grow. At Instituto Inhotim, it is exposed inside the gallery. The interest in the number three, one of the structuring principles in the production of Tunga, can be observed in this work. Here, three pieces organize themselves symmetrically, gathering several symbolic elements that are distinctive of the artist’s vocabulary.
In the center, two iron canes and one copper rod make a tripod that sustains a set of containers, like pots, bells, glasses, and funnels, also made of iron and magnetically connected. On the sides, also supported by tripods, two copper pieces reproduce organic shapes, in an allusion to the human body.